As an extension of the “practicing resurrection” theme of Circle of Hope this Eastertide season, we’re using this week in Daily Prayer: Water to reflect together on the Christian path of finding our true selves in God alone. We’re using a marvelous children’s story by Mercer Mayer to illustrate the path. Welcome to Herbert the Timid Dragon.
. . .a humble self-knowledge is a surer way to God than a search after deep learning. — Thomas a Kempis in Imitation of Christ
Today’s Bible reading
O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away…
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life. — Psalm 139:1-2…23-24
More thoughts for meditation from Mercer Mayer’s Herbert the Timid Dragon
Herbert ends up as a knight, but not a brave knight. He doesn’t end up trapped as someone he is not. Instead he is cared for as he really is.
Suggestions for action
At the end of our week of listening to God’s call to be our true selves, we may feel freer (I hope so) or perhaps more content with who we are (I really hope this). Pause now and let yourself review your journal notes from this week. Who are you and who is God?
This week’s breath prayer (carry it with you today):
(inhale) Show me You; (exhale) show me me.
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